Basic Pasta Cooking Guidelines
1 pkg. of spaghetti pasta
2 jars of prepared spaghetti sauce
1.5 lb. ground beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
Cook the spaghetti noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, begin browning the ground beef on the stovetop. As the beef is cooking, sprinkle Italian seasoning over the meat, according to your taste. Mix into the meat two minced garlic cloves. When the meat is browned, drain grease. Add the sauce to the meat and let simmer until the pasta is ready.
Spaghetti Toppings and Flavorings
You can top off your spaghetti with a variety of other tasty ingredients, such as sliced black olives, grated or shredded Parmesan cheese, or shredded mozzarella cheese. Bacon bits add a very nice flavor to spaghetti.
If you want to season your spaghetti, you can do that with salt and pepper or try mixing a small amount of olive oil with your noodles before adding them to the sauce.
If you want a healthier meal, replace the ground beef with ground turkey. For richer tasting spaghetti, use slices of Italian sausage.
If you are using a prepared sauce, you'll have a variety of choices, from meat and cheese-centric flavors to organic vegetarian blends. A traditional spaghetti sauce can be used along with fresh ingredients such as tomato, mushrooms and green peppers. Other spaghetti sauces come with chunky pieces of vegetables already mixed in.